Today's News

  • 8 LANL entries finalists in prestigious R&D 100 Awards

    Windows that double as solar panels, anti-hacking software that stops hackers, and an artificial lung are some Los Alamos National Laboratory entries that made it into the final rounds of a contest known as the “Oscars of Invention.”
    LANL, in partnership with other organizations and universities, have eight entries in the prestigious “R&D 100 Awards.”
    They include: a software suite that streamlines getting developed carbon dioxide capture technology into the marketplace; a truly random number generator for computer security; software that simulates real-world experiments; software that bridges “cloud storage” with older computer technologies; software that heads off computer attacks before they start; a new materials designed to enhance the effectiveness of particle accelerators; an artificial lung designed to screen for drugs and toxic agents; and windows that double as solar panels.  
    The R&D 100 Awards is a contest organized by R&D magazine. The judging panel is selected by the editorial staff of the magazine. Panelists include a cross section of top scientists, researchers, developers and experts in research and development. Winners will be announced Nov. 3.

  • Valles Caldera hosts Park Service’s centennial

    America’s newest national preserve, the Valles Caldera National Preserve, celebrated the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service with activities that highlighted VCNP’s abundant ecological resources and enjoyment of the outdoors.
    “We’re a little bit of a newcomer to the park system, so it’s really a point of pride for me to be here for the centennial and representing the National Park Service, and sharing this wonderful place and getting it on the map for all New Mexicans and all Americans,” Superintendent Jorge Silva-Bañuelos said.
    NPS turned 100 on Aug. 25, but most parks held celebrations over the weekend, including Valles Caldera and Bandelier National Monument.
    The preserve’s friends group, Los Amigos de Valles Caldera, and the New Mexico Wildlife Federation (NMWF) helped organize Saturday’s event.
    Los Amigos invited the New Mexico Wildlife Center to the event. Center volunteers introduced visitors to a turkey vulture and a Long-eared owl. The friends group also organized face painting and a performance by Black Eagle, a Grammy Award winning musical group from Jemez Pueblo. Jackie Raye Anderson demonstrated en plein air painting.

  • Board firms up Barranca Mesa plan

    The Los Alamos School Board has set a plan and a path forward about how it wants to renovate Barranca Mesa Elementary School.
    At a special board meeting Thursday night, they set a January window for the bond sale that would raise money for construction, officially decided they were going ahead with the reconstruction of Barranca Mesa Elementary, and set specific dates for meetings with the public to discuss the new plan.
    The board will combine, if approved by the voters in January, the $13.5 million from the bond sale with $7.6 million left over from a previous bond sale that was used to build Aspen Elementary School.
    The board then will take $12.3 million from the combined funds for use toward the reconstruction of Barranca Mesa and use the rest to fund major construction projects at each of the other schools. Schools high on that list included Mountain Elementary, Piñon Elementary and Chamisa Elementary.
    Approval of the new strategy was unanimous.
    The first meeting where the board will introduce the plan to the public will be in White Rock on Sept. 8. The district is still working on a time and location for that meeting. The second meeting will be on Sept. 13 at the regular school board meeting. That will be at the district offices, located at 2075 Trinity Avenue, Suite V.  

  • Maggiore tapped for council ticket

    The Democratic Party of Los Alamos County Central Committee voted unanimously on Sunday to appoint Antonio Maggiore to replace Councilor Kristin Henderson on the party ticket for the Los Alamos County Council race. Henderson withdrew her candidacy last week.
    According to local party Chair Robyn Schultz, Maggiore was the only candidate to come forward for consideration. He ran for a place on the ticket during the 2016 Primary election, losing to Henderson, Councilor Pete Sheehey and Chris Chandler by just 34 votes.
    “It’s certainly unexpected. It’s really quite humbling to be given a second chance so quickly,” Maggiore said. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to get a second chance to get my views out there and hopefully represent the community.”
    Maggiore recognizes the challenge he faces running against not only his fellow Democrats but Republicans Jaret McDonald, Steve Girrens, and Patrick Brenner for the three vacant seats.
    “I feel like I’m two months behind everyone else – because I am – which is OK. I like a challenge and will do my best to live up to everyone’s expectations,” Maggiore said.

  • LAHS football opens season with 63-24 win

    The Los Alamos football team was able to run its offense efficiently and take advantage of Pojoaque Valley mistakes in Friday’s season opener.
    The Hilltoppers (1-0) began the 2016 season with a 63-24 win against Pojoaque at Sullivan Field. The 63 points were the most Los Alamos has scored in a game since 2007.
    Los Alamos was led by 294 rush yards and 330 yards of total offense.
    Leading the Hilltoppers were senior quarterback Nick Quartieri and sophomore fullback Dylan Irish. Quartieri rushed for 96 yards and five touchdowns, while Irish amassed 99 yards on the ground and added one touchdown.
    After Los Alamos recovered a Pojoaque fumble at the Elk 25-yard line, Quartieri got the scoring started with a 12-yard touchdown run with 5:21 left in the first quarter. The Hilltoppers scored again three minutes later after a Quartieri seven-yard touchdown run.
    Early in the second quarter, Quartieri garnered his third touchdown of the game with a 23-yard touchdown run to put Los Alamos ahead 23-0 with 10:16 remaining in the first half.
    Pojoaque got on the board when Elks quarterback Daniel Rael scored a 13-yard rushing touchdown with 6:12 left in the second quarter.
    Irish increased the Los Alamos lead to 30-6 when he scored a five-yard rushing touchdown.

  • Weather cancels tourney championship

    The championship game of the Louie Cernicek boy’s soccer tournament between Los Alamos and Roswell was cancelled due to a storm that hit Los Alamos on Saturday.
    Both teams will look to reschedule a match-up later during the season.
    The Hilltoppers (2-1) advanced to the championship game after defeating Valencia 2-1 in double overtime and dominated Aztec 10-0 in the first round.
    In the semifinal against Valencia (2-1), Los Alamos sophomore forward Arthur Steinkamp scored the golden goal two minutes into the second overtime. Junior forward/midfielder Tristen Semelsberger scored in the 21st minute to give the Hilltoppers the lead. That lead was kept until 66th minute when Valencia’s Daniel Calderon slipped past the Los Alamos defense and equalized.
    Roswell (3-0) was dominant in the opening two rounds, defeating Los Lunas 6-1 and beating Clovis 3-1.   

  • ‘Toppers volleyball eases past Bloomfield in opener

    Saturday’s season opener provided season-long answers for Diana Stokes and the Los Alamos volleyball team.
    The Hilltoppers (1-0) claimed a straight-set 25-22, 25-15, 25-21 win against Bloomfield at Griffith Gym.
    Among the questions Los Alamos had going into the season was finding players to step into key roles. Stokes was able to get a glimpse of who can provide the Hilltoppers with big plays.
    “It’s always nervous in the first game because you don’t know what’s going to happen,” Stokes said. “This was an OK hitting team (Bloomfield). We need to work on our blocking for when we do face powerful hitting teams. But I thought it was good for us to see what we need to work on.”
    Sophomore middle hitter Elodie Thelliez led the Hilltoppers with eight kills and three total blocks. Senior outside hitters Ellie Hayward and Jessica Moore contributed offensively with six kills apiece.
    Los Alamos senior middle hitter Kaitlin Bennett provided a strong defensive performance with five total blocks, including four solo.
    Junior libero Alize Garcia finished with a team-high 13 digs, while sophomore setter Sophia Salazar led the Hilltoppers with 12 assists.
    Senior setter Gabriela Vallejos added 10 digs and 10 assists for Los Alamos.

  • Anti-wrinkle vibrator forces plane evacuation in Albuquerque

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Authorities say an anti-wrinkle vibrator forced a Southwest Flight to evacuate in Albuquerque.

    KOB-TV in Albuquerque reports Albuquerque Aviation Police say passengers were ordered off the plane on Monday after a "Bar 24K Golden Anti-Aging Skin Roller" was discovered in the seat back of a passenger's seat.

    Authorities say the flight crew moved the items to the galley and Albuquerque Aviation Police conducted a full sweep of the plane.

    No other suspicious items were found. No arrests were made.

    The item was reportedly left in the Albuquerque International Sunport Lost and Found.

  • LAHS girl's soccer falls at St. Pius

    The Los Alamos girl's soccer team fell to St. Pius 4-1 on Tuesday in a rematch of last year's Class 5A state championship game. The Hilltoppers are now 3-2 on the season. 

    A full recap of Tuesday's state championship rematch will be in Friday's Monitor print edition. 

  • LAHS boys soccer edges St. Pius

    The Los Alamos boys soccer team won a key Class 5A match-up 1-0 against St. Pius on Tuesday at Griffith Gym. The Hilltoppers improved to 3-1 on the season.

    The Monitor's Friday edition will include a full recap of Los Alamos' thrilling win.